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Unidentified sand dwelling Anemone
I've had these in my main tank for some time and have had no
idea what to call them.
<Johnny Bag 'O Donuts? Hey there Sammy Boy? Bob?>
the closest approximation I could find was something called a
Edwardsiid from Indonesian waters but I cannot be certain that is
what I am looking at.
The animals have a semi rough tube like body that somewhat
resembles a grub when retracted,
Its pedal disk is reduced down to a very small point yet still
seems to work as a hold fast.
There is two rows of six tentacles which always splay upward
It is highly sensitive, retracting with lightening speed when
Its very small, only about a quarter of a inch in diameter at the
most with a column length of just over one inch.
Is this a photosynthetic animal or does it lack
<Looks like the latter, but... could just be bleached
if its not photosynthetic what food items does it require?
<Likely small meaty...>
<I think this might be Actinoporus elongatus. Bob
Please I D -- 11/17/2009
I am new to your sight, I do not know if this is the proper way
to get an ID. But here it goes. I believe it to be an Anemone of
some type. It does walk. Does not like high current or high
lighting. It does feed on shrimp and has only 6 (I believe)
tentacles that grasp food items. It has multiplied in my tank.
Twice in the last year. Size is about 2 inches. I will send a pic
in the form of an attachment. Again sorry if this is not the
proper method to ID .
<Interesting... I still don't know what this arborose
Actinarian is... but we recently had someone else send in I think
the same animal. See here:
Bob Fenner, still stumped>
Re Anemone ID 11/18/09
regarding the anemone ID from today's FAQs - could it be some
type of Actinodendron with partially retracted tentacles? Maybe
<Mmm, thanks for trying... but all members of this family are
Indo-Pacific... and the original pic came from Panama. Bob
Re: Anemone ID
Ah, I wasn't aware that a place of collection was given in a
You're right, Actinodendron is out of the question, then.
<A schwing and a miss... but at least you're batting! Be
majano anemone? No reading -- 11/12/09
am new to saltwater tanks and I bought a large snail and this was
growing on the back of it and I was wondering if u knew what it
is because some people were saying it could be a majano
<Mmm, maybe. Please read here:
and the linked files above. Bob Fenner>
Re: Orange rock beauty, Anem. ID! 11/6/09
Bob, I'm sending you a couple of pictures of the anemone, I
think is an anemone because it has a mouth and can walk around
like one, it also have 2 sets of tentacles the branch looking
ones and a normal ones. One of the pictures is how it looks full
expanded when the lights are on, the other of how if looks
resting and one picture of it moving around where you can see its
seconds set of tentacles. A very impressive animal and one of my
favorites of my tank, please feel free to use all the pictures I
have send you.
PS: I think you should come to panama here you have the advantage
of diving in 2 different seas and believe me you won't
<Very interesting... thank you for these further photos; and
Panama is one of the few countries in C. America I have not been
diving in. I will hopefully one day! Bob Fenner, who has asked
LynnZ for help!>
A bizarre anemone?
Lynn, please take
a gander at the query in your WWM in-folder... What is this
Holy cow, that is one odd-looking organism! I'm not sure what
it is, but will look around tomorrow and see what I can find.
Take care, Lynn
Re: A bizarre anemone?
Always a pleasure, Bob. I looked around last night and this
morning but unfortunately didn't find an exact match. I did
learn a lot, though! The closest I could find from the Caribbean
were two species of branched anemone: Lebrunia coralligens and
Lebrunia danae (family Aliciidae). They show the same distinctly
different true tentacles and branched pseudo-tentacles.
<Yeah... but I've seen both these in the wild... this is
something else entirely. The genus Lebrunia really are cryptic,
hidden amongst, under rock, corals... this thing is out and
about, shouting: "Hey Lynn and Bob, try to find out who I
However, I was unable to find any individuals showing such highly
branched, almost frondose pseudo-tentacles. According to this
site (http://tolweb.org/Lebrunia/18669) it sounds like they start
off less ornate/branched when young, but become more so with
maturity. Who knows - it could be a mature Lebrunia or something
else entirely. The only thing I can recommend to Marky is to
avoid contact with bare hands in case it is a Lebrunia species.
Apparently, the tentacles can sting the daylights out of you! As
Sorry I couldn't have been more helpful!
<I think this is one of those mysteries that will remain so,
till we suddenly are presented with the specific answer out of
the proverbial azule. Gracias, Roberto>
Re: Anemone & Crab ID Query 10/9/09
Hi Bob and Crew,
I saw this query come in but unfortunately can't ID the
anemone in question. As for the crab, it looks like a Xanthid of
some sort but unfortunately, there's just not enough
information for me to take it any
further. I don't know the crab's size, where it
originated, or if it was associated with anything else. In
addition, I can't quite see enough of the carapace or claws.
It looks like a lot of detail (how hairy...where hairy, surface
texture/bumps) is lost/obscured because the crab's out of
water, with water clinging. Anyway, all I can really offer is
that it's likely a Xanthid. Sorry about that...wish I could
be of more help!
<Thank you Lynn... I can't tell much more myself.
I also didn't grab the query because of the crab ID, but I
believe the anemone is a Long Tentacle/Corkscrew (Macrodactyla)
Anemone. The picture quality is poor/dark so I'm not betting
any money on it.
<Me neither. BobF>
Anemone & crab ID
Hi need an ID for this anemone. it's color is dark
<Can't discern from this poor photograph. Bob
Re: Anemone & crab ID
Hi sorry about the poor pics, managed to get some more.
hope these ones turn out ok.
<Please see here:
and the linked files above re ID... The crown looks like
Heteractis malu, but the pedicle? Is it as dimpled as it
appears? I don't know what this is if so. I don't
think it is a clown-hosting species. Bob Fenner>
| Ladder in upper left for size comp.
Re: Aiptasia pallida, Anem ID
Yes, the photo was from a wreck 2 miles deep and 150 miles
offshore. I know the A. pallida is not a local species but the
reason I am trying to identify is because it may now have become
local. The only species similar are all very shallow water or
sub-tidal ones, we don't appear to have any deep sea anemones
of this type at all on our own register
<As far as I'm aware (and I am not an Actinarian
"expert" by any means) there are no deepwater members
of the family Aiptasiidae... all species I'm familiar with
require some source of self-feeding through photosynthesis. I do
agree with your speculation direction... there are MANY
transplanted species about the planet. But I don't think this
is one. Have you solicited the opinion of Australian Cnidarian
experts? I think Phil Alderslade is still out on Heron Isl. And
there are some folks at the public aquariums
Re: Aiptasia pallida
Much appreciated will follow through on that information, I'm
sorry to have bothered you will all of this, but as I though it
was well known in the US it may have been more easily
<Mmm, no worries (mate)... We're glad to help in what ways
But this is almost exclusively a "pet-fish" (ornamental
aquatics) site... I like to ask folks what they mean when they
say they've been "deep diving"... generally, as you
and I know, this means something less than two hundred feet
down... In the case of your image... it's 10,000 feet under
the surface! I know exceedingly little re this area>
Many thanks for all the trouble you have gone to with this
problem (of mine). Incidentally, the single item in the photo I
sent you may have given a false impression, the wreck is
with them all over, including the surrounding seabed rocks
<Thank you for sharing. BobF>